at least it's not just us?
rivals released their basketball team ranks for the 2012 class and michigan came in 8th so far with 2 top 100 recruits including glen robinson III in at 50 ( already noted in another thread). What I enjoyed most about the rankings is that are 4 B1G teams in the top 10. glad to see that for sure. still early in the process but beilien is doing a great job with this class.
Version 2.0 of ESPN's mock draft has Darius Morris as one of the first 5 out of the 1st round. In version 1.0 they had him going 23rd overall.
Must have ESPN insider for the link.
Darren Everson has a WSJ article about Juwan Howard trying to win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat and thus break what the writer calls the Fab Five "curse":
It remains one of the great curses in sports.
Despite being the most celebrated group of recruits in college-basketball history, Michigan's Fab Five—Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber—have never won a significant title.
The five, which arrived in Ann Arbor in 1991, came agonizingly close in college, making the NCAA final twice in consecutive years and coming within an overtime of the 1994 Big Ten crown. One of them, Webber, narrowly missed being selected to an Olympic team that won the gold at Sydney. In the NBA, despite playing for 46 collective seasons and earning hundreds of millions in salary, they haven't won a single ring.
Howard and Jalen Rose offered different takes on criticism of the Fab Five for their lack of titles:
"The criticism hasn't annoyed me at all," said Howard, a 6-foot-9-inch forward. "They're right. We haven't won before."
Rose, the most outspoken of the Fab Five, is a little less diplomatic. "People who use that as a knock are idiots," he said, launching into an argument full of history. "Franchises win titles, not individuals. The Celtics have 17 titles. The Lakers have 16, and the Bulls have six. There have only been 64, and that right there puts you at almost 40. I guarantee you that if one of us played with Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe [Bryant], Michael Jordan, I think we would've found a way to get a title."
Perhaps the most interesting part of the article was the economic slant one would expect from the WSJ:
Where the Fab Five did excel is at staying healthy and productive, which enabled them to earn astronomical sums. The four Fab Fivers who reached the NBA made a combined $431 million in salary, based on estimates and news reports—$526 million when adjusted for inflation. That's roughly equivalent to the estimated value of the Swedish auto maker Saab.
Article also says that Howard "plans to come back next season regardless of whether Miami wins it all. 'I'm not leaving until they rip the jersey off me.'"
The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight at 8:30 on ESPN.
The Timberwolves have the best odds, with a 25% chance to get the 1st pick.
The next best odds go to the following teams:
1. T-Wolves - 25%
2. Cavaliers - 19.9%
3. Toronto - 15.6%
4. Washington - 11.9%
5. Sacramento - 7.6%
6. Utah - 7.5%
7. Detroit - 4.3%
8. Cavaliers part 2 - 2.8%
9. Charlotte - 1.7%
10. Milwaukee - 1.1%
11. Golden State - 0.8%
12. Utah part 2 - 0.7%
13. Phoenix - 0.6%
14. Houston - 0.5%
Rivals has a nice photo feature on the progress of the Basketball Player Development Center. It is great to see the work progressing so nicely, and this will be a wonderful addition to the physical plant.
2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule
(times and networks are to be determined):
Tuesday, November 29
Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State
Wednesday, November 30
Indiana at NC State
Penn State at Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina